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TODAY'S DEVOTION:    DECEMber 24, 2019

“And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Luke 1:39-45 (KJV)


“And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

(Luke 1:43/KJV).

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” says an old Christmas song. But for some of us who are reading these words, today may be far from wonderful. Maybe your life has been devastated by disease, or you have recently lost a loved one, or some other painful event is causing you to cry out,

“Why is this happening to me?”

Elizabeth knew such pain. She was old and childless, and in that culture she was therefore disgraced

(Luke 1:25).

Long ago she had probably given up all hope of becoming a ­mother. Imagine the talk in her village:


“What do you think she did to make God punish her this way?”

God actually didn’t operate that way, but people often made that wrong assumption. Soon after God’s promise that she and her husband would have a son, however

(Luke 1:11-17),

Elizabeth became pregnant. Then, six months ­later, her cousin Mary came with even greater news: an angel had said Mary would become the mother of God’s Son

(Luke 1:31-32)!

Elizabeth was not disappointed or jealous, in fact she is full of excitement! Why her?

Today let each of us, no matter our circumstances, look in awe at Christ and ask ourselves,

“Why should I be so blessed that Jesus has come to save me and fill me with the hope of eternal life?”


Because God loves you!

He wants to save you from sin and he’ll.

Jesus said in

Matthew 1:21 (KJV)

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”


Lord Jesus, thank You for coming into our world to save us and give us hope even in our pain. I understand that the message of today’s celebration is, You came to save us from the slavery of sin and hell. Thank You Lord for Your mercy, grace and love. I will rejoice and praise Your Name today, even in the midst of struggle and sufferings. Thank You for choosing me. I pray to You, In Jesus Name, Amen.

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